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Bar Refaeli Dons Robindira Unsworth on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover

Model Bar Refaeli isn’t the only star sparkling on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which hit newsstands in February and created even more than the usual amount of bikini-driven buzz when this year’s magazine cover landed a gig traveling around the country as the temporary exterior of a Southwest Airlines plane.

Louis Vuitton Sprouse Collection Launch Event with YBCA

SF scenesters turned out en masse for the Louis Vuitton: A Tribute to Stephen Sprouse event at the Louis Vuitton Maison Union Square on February 24 where invited guests sipped cocktails and grazed on hors’ doeuvres while snatching up pieces from the brand’s graffiti and roses limited-edition collection.  A reinterpretation of Sprouse’s original Day-Glo graffiti-tagged designs from 2001, the revised collection of clothing and accessories launched in select stores on January 9 to the glee of many Louis Vuitton collectors. Ten percent of the evening’s sales went toward supporting SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Bespoke Minimalists: Meet the Mi Concept

Since ever-so-quietly moving into its Sutter Street showroom in mid-December, Mi has piqued the curiosity of passersby with a spare window display featuring white garment bags that look eerily like straight jackets set against stark and industrial interiors.

And since the design studio has been open mostly only by appointment when Creative Director Dean Hutchinson, who splits his time between San Francisco and Toronto, is in town, those intrigued by the mysterious storefront have had to continue on with questions unanswered.

Sidewalk Chic: Style Au Naturale in Union Square

Name: Cassandra Miller

Age: 26

Occupation: Nightlife Promoter

Spotted: Redwood Room at The Clift, 10:48 p.m.

Wearing: MNG by Mango halter dress, FCUK black patent leather shoes

Describe your morning routine: "Four Barrel Coffee... -enough said."

Fashion Must Reads: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, M.I.S.S. CREW 'Today's Word on the Street' and M.I.S.S. blog

Where to Shop this Weekend: Martin + Osa, ShoeBiz and Noise Pop 'N Shop

During the weekend ahead, say goodbye to the shortest month of the year with a feel-good mixture of shopping, art and fashion.

Start tonight at the Westfield San Francisco Centre for an evening of shopping at Martin + Osa with style expert Katrina Szish, who will be on hand to offer tips on translating red carpet trends into everyday looks featuring apparel from the casual retailer’s current collections. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a $25 gift certificate for Martin + Osa. During the event, merchandise will be discounted 20 percent. Proceeds benefit the Northern California Cancer Center.

What's in Helena de Natalio's Handbag?

With her Helena de Natalio line of handbags recently picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue— and featured in the retailer's spring advertising campaign—BayArea native and designer Helen Lubetkin, 29, is understandably optimistic about what lies ahead for her bohemian-cool line of leather carry-alls and clutches. We caught up with the Marin resident to chat about her latest collection, her stint in the Peace Corps and the contents of her handbag.

How is your forthcoming collection for late summer/early fall 2009 a departure from your previous collections?

Sidewalk Chic: Dapper Duo in Potrero Hill

Name: Elie Ernest

Age: 42

Occupation: Co-Founder and Program Director of SF Wine Week

Spotted: Around the World in 80 Sips event, Crushpad, 8:07 p.m.

Wearing: Michael Kors blazer, Zegna shirt, Lucky Brand denim pant, Kangol hat

Something we'd never find in your closet: "Tasseled loafers!”

Local Designer Update: Sara Shepherd

Since last we featured women’s wear designer Sara Shepherd as part of 7x7’s esteemed Style Council in 2008, the local talent has been busy teaching fashion design and pattern making and sewing part-time at the Academy of Art and producing her gorgeous Spring/Summer 2009 collection. If you’re lucky, you may have already gotten a sneak peek of her latest concoctions at Global Green’s annual Gorgeous and Green benefit, where she previewed some of her impeccably tailored pieces on the SF catwalk.

The Powder and The Glory: Beauty's Biggest Rivalry

Beauty industry pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden may have devoted their lives to making faces pretty, but the decades-long rivalry between the two icons is said to have been anything but.

The intense and, at times, bitter competition between the two women widely credited with launching the now $150 billion global health and beauty industry in New York during the first decade of the 20th century is the subject of documentary film The Powder & the Glory, screening Wednesday night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s year-round programming.

Academy of Art Grads Shine at New York Fashion Week

Erin Fetherston and Alexander Wang weren’t the only designers with strong San Francisco ties to show their fall 2009 collections at New York Fashion Week this year. Making their debut under the tents at Bryant Park last Friday were eight recent graduates of the Academy of Art University, the first and only school to show during the event.

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